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A former Hollywood ad producer who now lives on Airbnb shares her top tips for long-term travel and nomadic living

Denise Netzley embracing nomadic living.Denise Netzley Airbnb is seeing users book longer stays, with 20% of nights booked for a month or more. One long-term traveller told Insider she has been living on Airbnb for the past six months. Although she's funding the trip with an inheritance, her monthly costs are comparable to her former rent. The decision came — as life-changing ones tend to do — in the middle of the night.It was January of last year and Denise Netzley said she had been thin...
Tags: Hollywood, Mexico, La, Africa, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Uganda, South Africa, Cape Town, Airbnb, Kansas City, Brian Chesky, Playa del Carmen Mexico, DOMINICK REUTER, Denise Netzley


American Airlines is suing The Points Guy for letting customers manage frequent flyer miles on the TPG app

An American Airlines Boeing-777Getty Images American Airlines is suing The Points Guy over the management of customers' frequent flyer miles. The airline previously sent TPG a cease-and-desist notice, leading TPG to preemptively sue. American says the data isn't secure outside its system, but TPG says customers should decide. American Airlines is suing The Points Guy over the TPG app's frequent flyer mile management tool, saying it violates trademark and privacy rules.The lawsuit ...
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P&G warns that price hikes for everyday products aren't over yet

Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Procter & Gamble warned that there are more price hikes coming in the next few months.  Items like Tide detergent and personal healthcare products will get more expensive, P&G said. Companies are seeing rising costs of their own, leading them to raise prices for household goods. Prices of everyday items are going to continue rising in 2022.Procter & Gamble will increase prices for fabric care products and personal healthcare items this year, t...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Unilever, Retail, Inflation, P&G, Procter Gamble, Consumer Products, Gillette, Crest, CPG, Laundry Detergent, Schulten, DOMINICK REUTER, Avery Hartmans


Meet the typical Costco shopper, a 39-year-old Asian American woman earning more than $125,000 a year

Costco shoppers outside one of its stores.Noam Galai/Getty Images Costco has more than 813 warehouses around the world and makes more than $163 billion in sales. The wholesale club has similar customer loyalty as other big box stores, and it adds more new customers than it loses. The average Costco customer is a 39-year-old Asian American woman who's married and earns $125,000, Numerator found. See more stories on Insider's business page. Costco is the fifth-largest retailer in the wo...
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CEO Brian Chesky says he's now 'living on Airbnb,' and that half of bookings on the platform are for a week or longer

Airbnb CEO Brian CheskyMike Segar/Reuters Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said he is now living on the platform. "I'll be coming back to San Francisco often, but for now my home will be an Airbnb somewhere," he tweeted. More Airbnb users are extending their stays beyond a week, some up to three months. Brian Chesky is taking his show on the road."Starting today, I'm living on Airbnb," the CEO said in a tweet thread on Tuesday."This week I'm in Atlanta. I'll be coming back to ...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Trends, Remote Work, Atlanta, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Digital Nomad, Chesky, Tech Insider, DOMINICK REUTER, Brian CheskyMike Segar Reuters Brian Chesky


A zero-bedroom house marketed as 'the worst house on the best block' sold for nearly $2 million in San Francisco

Compass The "worst house on the best block" in San Francisco sold last week for $1.97 million. Located at 320 Day Street, the 1900-built home has no bedrooms and just one bath. With its "extreme deferred" condition, the property will likely see a dramatic overhaul. In a deal that one Instagram user called "peak San Francisco," a 120-year-old home sold last week for just shy of $2 million.The property is notable not so much for what it has, but for what it doesn't: a bedroom.Currently a bo...
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Meet the typical Walmart shopper, a 59-year-old white suburban woman earning $80,000 a year

REUTERS/ Kevork Djansezian Walmart has more than 3,500 Supercenters across the US and made $555 billion in sales last year. The retail giant has the highest customer loyalty among the leading brands in a survey of shoppers. Walmart's average customer is a woman who is 59.5 years old, white, married, and earning $80,000 per year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Walmart is the largest retailer in the world, pulling in more than $555 billion in sales last year. Each week, 22...
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Nordstrom Rack was once Nordstrom's greatest asset, now analysts say it's dragging the brand down. We visited three Rack stores to find out more.

A Nordstrom Rack branch.Insider/Brittany Chang Once considered the company's greatest asset, sales growth has slowed at Rack in recent years. Analysts say Rack has an inventory problem and suffers by being connected to a full-price brand. We visited three Racks to find out more. Just two years ago, Nordstrom's discount chain, Nordstrom Rack, was considered to be the company's biggest asset, outperforming and outgrowing its full-price business in sales and store locations. A Nor...
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Netflix raised the prices on its streaming plans to help pay for its new movies and shows

Netflix.SOPA Images/Getty Images. Netflix has increased the price of its streaming plans by $1, $1.50, and $2. The company said it is raising revenue to pay for more original content. Shares of Netflix jumped 3% following the news, and the company reports earnings on Thursday. It just got a little more expensive to Netflix and chill.The on-demand video giant has raised the price of its three streaming plans by $1, $1.50, and $2 for subscribers in the US and Canada.Now, a Basic plan costs $9.9...
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A Portland restaurant eliminated tipping, added a 22% service fee, and raised its lowest wage to $25

10'000 Hours/Getty Images The owners of a restaurant in Portland have swapped tips for a 22% service charge on all checks. They also increased the lowest wage to $25 and are offering health insurance for all employees. Co-owner Bonnie Morales said the new policy is more equitable for kitchen and dining room workers. The owners of a nationally recognized Russian gourmet restaurant in Portland, Oregon, have ended optional tips on their guest checks in favor of a 22% service charge on all or...
Tags: News, Labor, Restaurants, US, Trends, Workers, Pay, Economy, Portland, Tips, Retail, Wages, Portland Oregon, Gratuity, Co, Morales


Domino's will reduce the number of wings in its $7.99 deal from 10 to 8 as the company uses 'shrinkflation' to offset inflation

Domino's is offering carside delivery.Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Domino's CEO says food and labor costs are rising much faster than normal for the pizza chain. To offset rising costs, the company will offer 8 wings instead of 10 in its national promotion. It's also making the deal online-only to save on the expense of having someone work the phone. When the cost of business goes up, companies have two choices: charge customers more, or give them less for the same price.Faced with foo...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Economy, Wings, Retail, Inflation, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, QSR, Domino's, DOMINICK REUTER, Ritch Allison, Shrinkflation, Skanda Amarnath


Ikea has slashed sick pay to the lowest legal level for unvaccinated workers in the UK who miss work due to COVID-19 exposure

AP Photo/Christophe Ena Ikea UK is cutting the sick pay it will provide to unvaccinated workers who are exposed to COVID-19. The UK government requires a minimum of $130 per week, less than a quarter of the typical Ikea wage. "This is a highly emotive topic," a spokesperson said. "All will be considered on a case by case basis." The UK division of the Swedish furniture-retailer Ikea has slashed the pay it will provide unvaccinated workers who have to isolate after an exposure to COVID-19.Unde...
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A developer sabotaged their own open-source libraries, breaking thousands of apps, in apparent protest of mega-corporations

Javascript codeDegui Adil/EyeEm/Getty Images The developer of a pair of widely used open-source code libraries sabotaged them in an apparent act of protest. Each library has been downloaded millions of times and is used in thousands of software projects. Previously, the developer criticized companies for using the free tools without offering to pay. A programmer who authored a pair of widely used open-source code libraries reportedly sabotaged their own work in an act of protest against large...
Tags: News, Enterprise, Microsoft, Trends, Software, Reddit, Aaron Swartz, Colors, Github, Opensource, NPM, Bleeping Computer, Tech Insider, DOMINICK REUTER, Amazon Web Services Cloud Development Kit


The cost of just-keep-it refunds could tick up to $4.4 billion for 2021 as retailers like Amazon and Target face record-high holiday returns

DHL workers place packages on a conveyor belt at a distribution center in Avenel, NJ.DHL eCommerce Solutions Ecommerce customers return more stuff than in-store shoppers do, and holiday returns are even higher. The expense of processing ecommerce returns can often exceed the value of the product itself. Analysts estimate that no-return refunds for 2021 could cost retailers as much as $4.4 billion. In an effort to remove some of the hassle from processing ecommerce returns, major retailers inc...
Tags: Amazon, Holiday Shopping, Transportation, Ecommerce, News, Trends, Walmart, UPS, Retail, DHL, Wall Street Journal, Returns, Refunds, AlixPartners, Amazon Target, DOMINICK REUTER


The Mayo Clinic has fired 700 workers who failed to get the vaccine or provide a religious exemption

Eric Miller/Reuters The Mayo Clinic has fired roughly 700 employees who did not comply with its vaccine policy. Staff had until January 3 to get the first dose or provide a religious exemption, and 99% did. Republican state lawmakers criticized the policy, calling it "top down" and "heavy-handed." Hundreds of Mayo Clinic employees were fired this week for failing to comply with the hospital's vaccine policy.The hospital said that almost 99% of its workforce had provided documentation of r...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Trends, Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Reuters, Mayo, State Republican, Rochester Minnesota, Eric Miller, DOMINICK REUTER, Healthcare Workers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Vaccine Mandate


A long-haul trucker's photos show what it was like to be trapped for more than 18 hours in the Virginia snowstorm on I-95

Marchand said he started noticing traffic slowing down to a crawl before noon.Matthew Marchand A winter storm stranded motorists on Interstate 95 in Virginia for more than 18 hours on Monday. Canadian long-haul trucker Matthew Marchand was one of those stuck in the frozen traffic jam. Marchand shared his story and photos with Insider about what it was like to make the journey. It's a trip that Canadian long-haul trucker Matthew Marchand has made dozens of times before — heading from the...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, News, Winter, Maryland, Virginia, Trends, Georgia, Tesla, Features, Montreal, Snowstorm, South Carolina, Richmond Virginia, Lake Marion, Interstate 95


UPS says it's processing a record number of returns as 1 in 4 Americans plan to ship stuff back to sellers after the holidays

Lucy Nicholson/File Photo/Reuters Holiday shoppers ordered a record amount of stuff online, and now they're sending some of it back. UPS says it will handle more than 60 million holiday returns, up 10% over last year. But the cost of processing those returns can be a major headache for retailers. Holiday shoppers bought an utterly staggering amount of stuff in November and December, and the share of those items bought online is growing.Total retail spending was up 8.5% over the same perio...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Ecommerce, News, US, Trends, UPS, Retail, Returns, Mastercard, Louisville, Nbc Nightly News, Mark Cohen, Rosenberg, WDRB, Lucy Nicholson


A Midwestern grocery chain is rolling out its own armed security force to act as a 'visual deterrent' to retail crime

AP/Nati Harnik Hy-Vee, a grocery chain with more than 285 stores, is rolling out a new retail security team. The company said the team will be largely staffed with former law enforcement officers. Hy-Vee's head of security said the squads will act as a "visual deterrent" to criminal activity. A Midwestern grocery chain is taking a more direct approach to dealing with retail crime.Like many stores, Hy-Vee has typically relied on a combination of third-party contractors and off-duty law enf...
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The SPAC backing Better says it 'remains confident' in the company amid CEO Vishal Garg's decision to take a break to 'reflect and refocus'

Better CEO Vishal Garg.Better The blank-check company that previously announced it's taking Better public is standing behind the company. Better employees have called for CEO Vishal Garg's resignation after he laid off 900 workers in a video call. Aurora Acquisition Corp. said in regulatory filings that it "remains confident" in the transaction. At a time when Better founder and CEO Vishal Garg is facing internal and external calls for his resignation, the company officially has the s...
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The SPAC backing Better says it 'remains confident' in CEO Vishal Garg's decision to take a break to 'reflect and refocus'

Better CEO Vishal Garg.Better The blank-check company that previously announced it's taking Better public is standing behind CEO Vishal Garg. Better employees have called for Garg's resignation after he laid off 900 workers in a video call. Aurora Acquisition Corp. said in regulatory filings that it "remains confident" in the transaction. At a time when Better founder and CEO Vishal Garg is facing internal and external calls for his resignation, the controversial executive officially ...
Tags: London, News, Trends, Markets, SEC, Better, Aurora, SPAC, Garg, Tech Insider, DOMINICK REUTER, Vishal Garg, Aurora Acquisition Corp, CEO Vishal Garg Better, Thor Björgólfsson Arnaud Massenet, Prabhu Narasimhan


Some workers are returning to the office — to drop off their kids and go back home

Cavan Images/Getty Images Employees of top firms are willing to give up most office perks, apart from one: on-site daycare. With a worsening shortage of childcare options, company-provided daycare can help attract talent. One mom told Businessweek she would have to get on an 18-month waitlist to receive comparable childcare. The Utah headquarters for the business software company Podium offers loads of employee perks, including catered lunches and a pair of fitness centers — but that's no...
Tags: Utah, News, Washington, US, Careers, Trends, Childcare, Joe Biden, Employee Benefits, Hoff, Kaplan, Center for American Progress, Cavan, BusinessWeek, Daycare, Podium


Watch a Tesla owner blow up his Model S with 66 pounds of dynamite instead of paying $22,000 to repair it

That's not going to buff out.Beyond The Press The owner of a 2013 Tesla Model S was facing a $22,000 repair bill to fix a faulty battery. He teamed up with several YouTubers to strap 66 pounds of explosives to the car and blow it up. The resulting videos have been seen a combined 5 million times. For the first 900 miles, Tuomas Katainen's modified 2013 Tesla Model S worked fine, he said. Then water leaks and error codes forced him to call a tow truck to take it in for repairs.After ab...
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Airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights on Monday as rising Omicron cases wreaked havoc on the travel industry

Airlines canceled almost 2,000 flights on Monday, according to FlightAware data.Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock Airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights on Monday, according to FlightAware. More than 1,100 of the canceled flights were set to depart from or arrive in the US. Some airlines attributed the cancellations to rising staff cases of COVID-19 and harsh weather. After thousands of cancellations over the holiday weekend, airlines continued to slash flights on Monday amid rising cases of th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, News, Washington, US, Trends, Delta, Transport, Associated Press, Airlines, Flights, United, Jetblue, Cnbc, United Airlines


Rolex is making plenty of watches, but good luck getting your hands on one

Actress Ashley Tisdale arrives at the 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 2, 2012 in Hollywood, California.Jason Merritt/Getty Rolex makes some of the world's most iconic watches, like the Daytona, Submariner, and classic Oyster. The Swiss company is believed to make roughly 1 million per year, each one by hand. New Rolexes can be hard to find for a buyer without an established relationship with an authorized distrib...
Tags: Florida, News, Shopping, Trends, Strategy, Watches, Switzerland, Retail, Inflation, Prices, Luxury Brands, Mckinsey, Daytona, Nautilus, Rolex, Yahoo Finance


A Paris firm let its employees choose their own salary and hours in an effort to battle against burnout. Here's what happened.

Luis Alvarez/Getty Images As the Great Reshuffle got started last summer, a pair of cofounders panicked, NPR reported. Losing any of their staff could have tanked the business, so they asked each to set their own terms. The company's accountant called it "the worst idea ever," but the strategy appears to have worked. It all started when Annabelle Roberts' husband told her he was going to quit his job."'I'm sick of it. I'm not going back,'" he told her, she said in an i...
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The cofounders of a Paris communications boutique asked staff to 'choose your own salary' to keep the team of 10 from quitting

Luis Alvarez/Getty Images As the Great Reshuffle got started last summer, a pair of cofounders panicked, NPR reported. Losing any of their staff could have tanked the business, so they asked each to set their own terms. The company's accountant called it "the worst idea ever," but the strategy appears to have worked. It all started when Annabelle Roberts' husband told her he was going to quit his job."'I'm sick of it. I'm not going back,'" he told her, she said in an i...
Tags: Trends, Paris, Npr, Roberts, DOMINICK REUTER, Luis Alvarez Getty, Annabelle Roberts, Alexandra Sarlieve, Sarlieve


Walmart is accused of illegally dumping 'toxic' waste and confidential customer information into landfills, California lawsuit says

Mike Segar/Reuters California's attorney general is suing Walmart, saying the company illegally dumps toxic waste. The state estimates more than a million items are disposed, with a combined weight of 159,600 pounds. The company says the state's compliance demands go beyond what is required by law. The state of California has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, saying that the mega-retailer is responsible for illegally dumping thousands of tons of hazardous materials in local landfills a...
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A Papa John's restaurant manager says he was fired after 13 years with the company for closing 3 hours early amid ongoing hiring and retention challenges

Papa John's old logo.Matt Rourke/Associated Press A former manager of a Papa John's location Colorado says he was fired after 13 years with the brand. He was let go a day after he closed the restaurant three hours early due to a scheduling conflict. His post describing the situation on Reddit's "antiwork" message board went viral before it was removed. The former general manager of a Papa John's franchise location in Colorado was fired this week after scheduling conflicts led ...
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FedEx says it wants to keep seasonal workers past the holidays and that pandemic wage increases are 'here to stay'

A FedEx driver delivers a cart of packages, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in New York.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Labor challenges have been a $470 million headache for FedEx this year, its earnings revealed. But higher pay is bringing a flood of workers, the company said, and the wage increases are "here to stay." FedEx is planning to retain many seasonal workers after the holidays amid the labor shortage. FedEx may have been listening to President Joe Biden when he shout-whispered, "Pay them more."Its ...
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Elon Musk says Tesla plans to invest more than $10 billion in its Gigafactory in Texas, and will employ 20,000 workers

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.Maja Hitij/Getty Images Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is putting over $10 billion into its new Gigafactory in Texas. The billionaire also said the factory will create 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs. It comes after Tesla relocated its headquarters from California to Texas. Elon Musk said Thursday that Tesla plans to pour more than $10 billion into its new Gigafactory in Texas and will employ tens of thousands of staff."Giga Texas is a $10B+ investment over time...
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